Prayers of the People for Palm Sunday

As we remember that God’s mighty acts of salvation have come through the humility and weakness of Jesus, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Short pause]

God of salvation, we offer our praise and thanks to you for revealing yourself to us in Jesus.  May we follow him by offering our lives for the poor and needy.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of humility, we look for you in the high places – palaces, parliaments and capital cities.  Yet you come most profoundly where we are not looking – soup kitchens, day cares, pawn shops, hospital waiting rooms, funeral homes.  Give us faith to look down.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of weakness, your reign does not come by power, by manipulation, by our standards of success.  You come through service, through strangers, and in the midst of suffering.  Take our eyes off the glamorous; refocus us on the little things you are doing.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of salvation, no part of life is outside your concern.  Help us be aware of your presence in living rooms and board rooms, in coffee shops and work shops, in malls and e-mails, on exit ramps and passing lanes, in check-out lines and crack houses.  Help us respond to your love wherever we are.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of humility, you call us to care more about serving than being served, to care more about understanding than being understood, to care more about loving than being loved.  Give us the gift of humility.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of weakness, use us to proclaim your promise to those who are weakened by illness and poverty, by broken relationships and dead-end jobs, by helplessness and hopelessness, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of our salvation, we trust you hear our prayers, not because they are pure, but because you are pure; not because we are holy, but because you are holy.  Help us rest in your promise, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

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